|Title||The spatial distribution of termite activity in grazed and ungrazed Chihuahuan Desert grassland|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1998|
|Authors||Tracy KN, Golden DM, Crist TO|
|Journal||Journal of Arid Environments|
|Keywords||article, articles, Gnathamitermes, journal, journals, spatial scale, technique, spectral analysis, termite, activity, termite, gallery carton, termite, litter decomposition, termite, spatial variability, termites , SEE <Gnathamitermes>, topography, termites|
Termites are important in litter decomposition and nutrient cycling in desert grasslands but little isknown about the spatial distribution of termites and how spatial patterns are affected by topography and grazing by livestock. We measured the distribution of surface activity by the subterranean termite Gnathamitermes tubiformans in grazed and ungrazed Chihuahuan Desert grassland along 900 m transects that spanned a topographic gradient. Numbers of termite casts on litter and plants were recorded in 900 contiguous 1 m2 quadrats along a transect located in a grazed area and in an ungrazed control. Cover of plants and litter were also recorded in 1 m2 quadrats every 10 m along each transect.
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